- Caterina Mirra
Sushi Samba: Sunday – Monday, 11am – 01.30am; Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 02am
Duck & Waffle: Monday – Friday, 06am – 12am; Weekend, 06am – 11pm
Officially called Saleforce Tower, the skyscraper, with its 230 metres and 46 floors, is the third tallest in London. Completed in 2011, it was designed with an impressive entrance composed by a triple height reception and the largest privately owned aquarium in the UK, housing around 1,300 fish. The tower hosts two different restaurants on the top where the ride up in the lift is truly memorable. Anyone, especially City workers, can enjoy a drink on Sushi Samba’s rooftop (38th floor), but also its Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian dinner, if booked in advance. Appreciate the spectacular view of London over breakfast or brunch at the 40 floor, where Duck & Waffle is located.
Old Spitalfields Market
Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 5pm; Thursday, 9am – 5pm; Friday, 10am – 4pm; Saturday, 11am – 5pm; Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Just five minutes from the station, you can experience one of London’s most diverse markets. Open seven days a week, the Old Spitalfields is not only a shopping destination but also a food market. The location offers something different every day: on Thursday you can explore the Antiques Market full of vintage and aged treasures, while on Friday it is set up as a fashion and art market with food stalls organised by Kerb. During the weekend, the market offers a themed day (Saturdays) and a general market day (Sundays) where you can also find young designers showing their works. Finally, on the first and third Friday of every month, there is a record fair for visitors, which gives the opportunity to find both new and rare records for every music genres, including collectable vinyl.
St Botolph Without Bishopsgate
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5.30pm
The living church situated in the City of London was completed in 1729 and it’s the fourth church to have been built on this spot. After surviving to the Great Fire of London, it was damaged by the IRA bomb in 1993 but after three and a half years returned to its services. The church is opened to the public on weekdays and hosts a regimental memorial chapel of the Honourable Artillery Company, the Book of Remembrance of the London Rifle Brigade and a memorial for those who have died from contaminated blood products. From the site, you can also enjoy a walk into its public garden where The Keyhole sculpture by Jim Lambie is installed or hire one of its halls for private and commercial functions.
30 St Mary Axe
Whether you walk around Liverpool Street, it’s quite impossible to not notice this particular commercial skyscraper. Widely known as The Gherkin, it was completed over three years and opened in April 2004. The building was designed by Fosters and Partners Group after the failure of the reconstruction of the Baltic Exchange building bombed in 1993. Despite its structure, its peculiarity is the usage of energy-saving methods and natural ventilation system. Moreover, on the top level (40th floor) tenants and their guests have the opportunity to enjoy a coffee with a 360 degree view of London. For architecture lovers, it is interesting to have a walk around it and admire its glass panels which contributed to the numerous awards it has collected.
The Old Truman Brewery
Placed close to Brick Lane, this East London arts and media location is one of the most creative areas in the City. Hosting independent galleries, markets, shops and restaurants, it has been regenerating its vacant sites over the last 15 years, converting them into office buildings and event spaces. The former brewery offers not only numerous indoor and outdoor locations for music videos, photo shoots or fashion shows, but also different blocks and one proper gallery to hire for exhibitions. Nevertheless, the quarter is a night-life destination with its selection of bars and clubs. Entertainment is guaranteed at Café 1001 and if you are inspired by passion for bowling All Star Lanes is your place.
Broadgate Ice Rink
Monday – Sunday, 10am-10pm (from 16th November 2015 to 25th February 2016)
Neighbouring one of the best tall buildings in Europe – Broadgate Tower – this ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and ages. It will be opened from mid-November until the end of February but offers the opportunity to book in advance tickets for adults (£13) and children (£9), including concessions for families, students and over 60. If it is your first time on ice, you have the opportunity to learn thanks to a private lesson (individual and group) offered by their Head Skate Coach Robert Burgerman, starting from £30. Finally, if you would like to relax before or after skating, you have the option to go at the heated terrace for a hot chocolate at one Broadgate Circle’s bars.
Dennis Severs’ House
Monday, 12pm – 2pm (£10); 5pm – 9pm (£15); Wednesday, 5pm – 9pm (£15); Sunday, 12pm – 4pm (£10)
This could be considered one of the most breathtaking experiences that you could have in London. Dennis Severs, who died in 1999 in London, created an intimate portrait of the imaginary Huguenot family in his own house. In this three-floor flat, you can explore with your sense of imagination the silk weavers’ family lives from 1724 to early 1900s. Mr Severs spent most of his life creating this still-life drama, displaying different smells and background sounds in each room that make you feel lost in another time. Severs’ intention was to transport you to the 18th century simply with your own senses. Indeed, the tour of the ten rooms (45 minutes) is conducted in silence under the house’s motto ‘you either see it, or you don’t.’
Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
This free public space is a proper non-profit contemporary art exhibition centre. With its domestic rooms and two contemporary galleries, it shows different works from high quality international artists which attract both specialists of the sector and curious public. This elegant space offers always improvisatory exhibition programmes and on the upper floors generally proposes works from visiting curators who contribute to its singular cultural value. Until the 15th November you can enjoy the Fine Arts contemporary display by the Belgian duo Joe De Gruyter and Harald Thys, including their drawings and sculptures plus a selection of video works.
Liverpool Street Station
Built in 1874, the station has nine platforms and has remained unchanged since the mid-1980s. Each year, it counts approximately 125 million visitors and has great connections to some London suburban stations, airports (London Stansted Airport and Southend Airport) plus east of England’s destinations. If you would like to spend a one-day journey, take a day trip to Cambridge for just £16 (open return) and explore its majestic college buildings. Looking for something a little different? Explore Norwich, just 2 hours away, for a weekend break (Sat – Sun, open return from £51).
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
Monday – Thursday, 5pm-12am; Friday, 3pm – 12am; Saturday, 12pm – 12am; Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
If you are inspired by the changing face of going out in London, this is the right location. Known as one of the best things to do around Liverpool Street, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is an American speakeasy secret bar which offers special cocktails and tasty food. For getting in, you need to go to the Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane and ask to see ‘the Mayor’. Then, you will be shown the door of a white fridge to open and walk through, which will take you down the staircase of this exclusive secret bar, which provides a good selection of music, too.
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